Secondary Principal of the Year Award 

General Criteria

1.  The individual should have been a practicing secondary principal for at least five years (includes experience as associate/assistant principal). (Secondary principal is generally defined as having primary supervisory responsibilities for any combination of grades 7-12.)

2.  The individual should be currently serving as a secondary principal in a building where a commitment to excellence is clearly evident; i.e., to be nominated as a 2023 Secondary Principal of the Year, the individual must be a secondary principal for the 2022-23 school year.

3.  There should be evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community including:

  • Ways in which curriculum, staff morale, community support, student interest, and the learning environment have benefited from this individual’s leadership.
  • Ways in which the individual provides creative leadership in inspiring and motivating teachers and others to achieve and contribute to the school environment.

4.  The individual should show a strong commitment to the principalship by active participation in professional activities. Membership in SAI and NASSP are prerequisites for this award.

5.  There should be evidence that the principal is respected by his/her students, colleagues, and the community at large.

6.  The individual should show strong educational leadership and operate orderly and purposeful schools, having set high expectations for school staff and students.

NOTE: No current SAI Executive Committee member (president, president-elect, vice president or past president), NASSP board member or NASSP state coordinator is eligible for this award. 

Award recognition

1. Press releases are sent by SAI to select media at the conclusion of the selection process. An article will also appear in the SAI Report.

2. Nominees will be recognized at their respective SAI District Meetings.

3. The Administrator of the Year will be recognized at the SAI Annual Conference in August.

4. The Administrator of the Year may qualify for recognition by the national association and become eligible for a national award if s/he fulfills the criteria. NASSP requires the state recipient be an active principal during the year of the national award, e.g. a 2023 winner must be an active principal for the 2022-23 school year. Events are subject to change; please see the awards section of the NASSP website for current information.